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TC 10 Mile – Race Review

10 Mile SwagYou couldn’t have asked for a more perfect morning for a 10 mile race in October.  The leaves have started changing, it was in the mid-upper 40’s for the start, and it was a clear day with a slight breeze.  The day quickly warmed up and for the 3+ hour marathoners it started getting quite toasty, but for the duration of the 10 mile it was awesome! As part of the Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, the 10 mile is the “Shortcut to the Capital” and boy did I fall in love with this shortcut!

My goal was under 90 minutes, my stretch goal was under 80 minutes.

TC 10I watched the elite women take off before heading into my corral.  The women got a head start and I was safely tucked in the back half of Corral 1 when the horn went off and we shuffled to the line.  I very carefully didn’t do anything stupid and watched as hundreds of people passed me.  I started off nice and easy.  I stayed on the right hand side, knowing that I’d see Christy and Nadia within the first mile, waved at them and continued my relaxed pace.  I was a little surprised to see 8:04 when I came through the first mile.

The second mile was pretty much all down hill into the Bohemian Flats area and my watch said 16:11 (8:07).  I still felt really good and I mentally decided that I would try to maintain a near 8 minute pace – with out killing myself on the upcoming hills.  I knew there would be a couple of steeper climbs before hitting the long, slow uphill known as Summit Ave.  The hill to Franklin is longer and steeper than most in the area and I mentally stepped back and didn’t push up it, but also didn’t lollygag around.  Mile 3 was on the bridge heading to the East side of the Mississippi.  I don’t remember my time, but it was still in the low-8 minute range.  At the top of the Franklin hill the TC 10 mile and marathon courses collide.

While the TC 10 is billed as the “Shortcut” in my opinion it has the toughest part of the marathon course.  Though it did feel a lot easier with only 3 miles of fatigue on the legs instead of the 18 or 19 miles for the marathoners. Up to this point the crowd support had been a little sparse, though it would pick up throughout the race.  Nathan and Deb helped cheer me across the bridge!

I actually don’t remember a lot of the details from the race.  I saw Christy and Nadia again around the 5 mile mark (right before St. Thomas) and then Mike later on when I was starting to struggle.  I took a Gu around mile 8 and was glad I brought it along.  At mile 6 I saw that my times were starting to drift up a little bit and decided to try and make some of that back – kind of stupid, especially since that mile had one of the steeper short climbs.  I did make up time and fortunately didn’t completely roast myself.

It had been a couple of years since I’ve run the Summit stretch.  Sure I’ve biked it once or twice, but I forgot about all the little nuances (the short little up-hills and really how long it actually is). I slowly ticked off the miles, continuing to push myself to maintain my pace.  I kept trying to think of a reason to push and dig deep like I did at Ragnar – but there was no spark  or a stupid prideful comment to make me go faster.  I was content to maintain and to know that I should easily make my 90 minute goal.

At the 25 mile marker I knew we were getting close. 1.2 miles to go – time to pick it up.  Pick it up for a bit and then back off.  Remember I couldn’t find the confidence to push it hard. Through the 9 mile mark and I knew it would be close.   Onwards, keep moving, keep pushing.  It seemed to take forever for that last mile, a few turns and boom – there is the finish line down the hill. 1/2 mile to go. Its time to go.  Even that close I still struggled to really push the pace.  I worked the downhill and did my best to stretch it out for the last flat 10th of a mile.  My Garmin had me dipping down to 6 minute pace for the last stretch.  The clock was past 2 hours and I wasn’t sure what my differential was.

PA022574I crossed the finish line and actually felt pretty reasonable.  Much better than either of the last 2 times I’ve crossed that line on John Ireland Blvd. My Garmin said, 1:19:58.  I had unofficially broken 80 minutes!!  My Garmin also matched my official results so I had done it!!

And the nice thing – I was definitively exhausted and my legs hurt – but by the time the marathon was over with, I felt pretty good!

We hung around at the 26 mile mark and watched  most of the marathoners finish.  I cheered for both Team World Vision and MDRA runners. It was a lot of fun, even if I did get a bit of sunburn.  The range of emotions as people approached the 26 mile mark is amazing.  A friend on Twitter, posted a link to this race review which I really liked.  You can see my pictures here.

Diaper Dash Training

We are in full swing getting Nadia trained for her first race.  Watch out world, on October 1 Nadia Marie Cross will be making her racing debut!


Diaper Dash

Presented by Pioneer Press

Participants in the Diaper Dash crawl from an inner circle to an outer circle. This event is for the little ones requiring the assistance of their hands and knees! It takes place on the lawn of the State Capitol Grounds near the intersection of John Ireland Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Selected – TC10 Mile

Dear Nick Cross:

Congratulations! You have been chosen in the lottery and are officially registered for the 13th annual Medtronic TC 10 Mile on October 2, 2011. We are looking forward to another spectacular day in the Twin Cities.

If you haven’t already, you’ll receive an additional email from, our registration provider, with your credit card charges.

We want your experience to be enjoyable and memorable. Please read the following important information:

Race Day, Sunday, October 2
Start at 7:08 a.m.
Click here for additional specific race information including a course map.

Wish Me Luck – TC10

I opted to enter the TC10 Mile lottery today instead of renewing my USATF membership and joining the MDRA team for a guaranteed entry. The $30 membership fee plus the $65 entry seem a little expensive right now. Hopefully, I’ll get in through the lottery and I’ll be able to enjoy the “shortcut to the capital.”

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Medtronic TC 10 Mile Lottery Registration Confirmation

Dear Nick Cross:

You are officially registered in the lottery for the 13th annual Medtronic TC 10 Mile on October 2, 2011.

Your credit card has been charged a non-refundable $5 administrative fee upon receipt of your application. No goods or services will be exchanged for this fee. If you haven’t already, you should receive an additional email from, our registration provider, with detail of your charges.

If selected to participate in the race through the lottery, you will be charged a non-refundable, non-transferable entry fee of $65 (plus a processing fee) upon selection.

The drawing will be held on Thursday, July 21 and lottery results will be available by 3 p.m. Friday, July 22.  You’ll be able to search for your lottery results on the event website so we ask that you please do not contact the Twin Cities In Motion office for results.

You will also receive an email on July 22 with lottery results.  Please make sure to check your spam filters if you do not receive the results email.

Good luck!


Twin Cities Marathon Weekend

It is still 3 months away but it is never to early to plan for race weekend.  For 11,000 runners the Twin Cities Marathon will be the culmination of many miles of pavement (and dirt) pounded throughout the summer.

The 26.2 mile race begins at 8am on Sunday, October 4th.  Earlier that morning at 7:05am 6,500 runners will take the “shortcut to the capitol” by running the TC 10 Mile.   Registration for this “shortcut” is via a lottery system that is currently open.  Registration for the 10 Mile lottery goes from Monday, July 6 to Wednesday July 15 at 10pm.  1,000 lucky runners of May’s TC 1 Mile event (including me) won a guarenteed entry into the 10 Mile.  I obviously chose not to use it. This is the 11th annual 10 mile race and is again the USA 10 Mile Championship event.

New this year to race weekend is a 10k event.  Held on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30am this will be an out and back along the last 3 miles of the marathon course (starting and finishing at the marathon finish area).  It appears that there is no limit to the number of 10k participants and offers race day entry.  This also is the first event of the 2009 race weekend.

The TC 5k is on Saturday as well  starting at 9am.  It is an out and back course along the last 1.5 miles of the marathon course, finishing at the marathon finish.  It too appears to have no limit to race entries and offers race morning entry.  Both the 10k and 5k events will be run on USATF certified courses and are chip timed.

Other family friendly events are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday.  All events offer pre- and race day registration. They include:

  • Diana Pierce Family Mile which starts at 10m and is an out and back course finishing on the marathon finish line.
  • Half Mile which starts at 10:30 am and is an out and back course finishing at the marathon finish line.
  • Diaper Dash starts at 11am. Participants crawl from an inner circle to an outer circle, it seems obvious this is for the littlest of “runners” in the family. It doesn’t sound like this one finishes on the marathon finish line but does take place in the same area.
  • Harry & Shelly’s Mascot Invitational starts at 11:15am and is a race amongst your favorite mascots.  I’m not sure which ones will be there, but I’m sure Brutus the Buckeye won’t be.   Harry and Shelly are the TCM mascots (in case you were wondering).
  • Toddler Trot starts at 11:30 and is a 50 yard dash on the capital lawn.

Race fees start at $7 for the Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash and go up to $100 for the now closed marathon.

Last year I was quite happy to visit the Expo, pickup my number and chip, walk quickly through, purchase a shirt, and head home – less time on the feet the better! Some of my non-runner friends have taken their kids to the family events and had a blast.

If you’ll be here for marathon weekend, what event are you doing?  Me – I’ll be knocking out the 26.2.

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